The driver of a stolen vehicle is facing various drug-related charges after being found with a large amount of methamphetamine, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office.

On Nov. 27, 37-year-old Michael Alvin Punch, of Cherryville, was arrested on felony charges of trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell/deliver methamphetamine, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

He received a $250,000 secured bond.

A patrol sergeant saw a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of McDonald’s in the 3200 block of Taylorsville Road, according to a release from the Iredell County Sheriff's Office. The deputy ran the vehicle’s license plate and verified it was reported stolen from Maiden, the release said. Other deputies arrived to assist and detained the car’s five occupants.

Deputies searched the vehicle and found 101.1 grams of methamphetamine, along with two sets of digital scales in the driver’s area of the car, the release stated.

Punch, the driver, was taken to the Iredell County Detention Center.

He has a criminal history involving breaking and entering, shoplifting, forgery, larceny, identity theft, assault, criminal contempt, resisting arrest, drug possession and unlawful possession of a firearm.

The news release further stated Punch is a verified Folk Nation gang member by the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

He is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 18.

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